At NEAFC’s Annual Meeting in 2008 ICES noted that spawning stock biomass in all the three large pelagic stocks, Norwegian spring spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring, blue whiting and mackerel, are all in good shape, above precautionary levels, but there was concern of the low level of recruitment for blue whiting recently, which would drive the stock down if TACs were not significantly reduced.
Assessment advice provided by ICES: Mackerel - West European Basin and Norwegian Sea
Recommendation I: 2009
RECOMMENDATION BY THE NORTH EAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 5 OF THE CONVENTION ON FUTURE MULTILATERAL COOPERATION IN NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING IN NOVEMBER 2008 TO ADOPT MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR MACKEREL IN THE NEAFC CONVENTION AREA IN 2009
The Contracting Parties have agreed as follows:
1. An allowable catch of 57,884 tonnes of mackerel is established for 2009 in areas beyond fisheries jurisdiction of the Contracting Parties in ICES Sub-areas and Divisions IIa, V, VI, VII and XII.
2. This allowable catch is established in order to ensure compatibility with the management measures adopted by the relevant coastal states. In this context, the European Community, the Faroe Islands and Norway informed NEAFC that a total catch limitation of 511,287 tonnes has been adopted for their mackerel fishery in 2009, part of which may be fished in the area defined above.
3. The allowable catch for 2009 shall be allocated as follows:
|Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland)|
|Russian Federation [incl transfer referred to in para 4]||29,706 tonnes|
4. The relevant coastal States have agreed to transfer 2,500 tonnes from their joint quota to the Russian Federation in 2009. This quantity will be reduced to 1,500 for 2010 and there will be no additional quantity available in 2011.
5. These allocations may also be fished within areas of national jurisdiction of the Contracting Parties.
6. The allowable catch referred to in paragraph 1 shall for subsequent years, according to the general stock development, be established on the basis of the relationship between the TAC set by the relevant coastal States and the allowable catch set for areas beyond the fisheries jurisdiction of Contracting Parties for 2009.
7. Likewise, the quota allocations referred to in paragraph 3 shall for subsequent years be adjusted according to the general stock development in such a manner that the relative relationship between the quotas allocated is maintained (Joint quota of the relevant coastal states 50%, the Russian Federation 47%, Iceland 3%).
8. The share-out of the joint quota of the relevant coastal States is to be decided between these Parties.
9. Quotas that are transferred to a Contracting Party to be fished within national waters of another Contracting Party may be fished in the areas defined in paragraph 1, subject to agreement between the Contracting Parties concerned.
Change in distribution (herring and mackerel). Shift in recruitment level blue whiting